Above: Lot 593 Headwater x Ellepin Gal colt

Leneva Park’s bloodstock manager Mick Sharkie describes their eight yearlings on offer at Melbourne Premier Sale as a bit of a changing of the guard. 

There have been plenty of changes at the Longwood farm with the expansion of its operations to Seymour Park where promising young stallions Lean Mean Machine and Royal Meeting will stand, along with the still racing Fierce Impact. 

Leneva Park will continue to operate its pre-training business at its 240 acre base athe Longwood farm, while broodmare, yearling and stallion services will be available from the 500-acre Seymour Park which is now known as Leneva Park Seymour. 

Sharkie is looking forward to offering the last of Leneva Park’s yearlings in the current format. 

 “It’s a bit of a changing of the guard draft for us,” Sharkie said. 

“It’s kind of the last outside draft for lack of a better term that we will have and then the progeny we are breeding on the farm will come through next year. 

But Sharkie is more than happy with what Leneva has to offer and is full of praise for their first yearling that will go und the hammer – Lot 88 – which describes as a really nice colt by Rubick.  

He is a really athletic horse, with good power behind and good bone and I like him a lot,” Sharkie said. 

“He is a sweet moving thing and has a grouse temperament on him as well and that’s something that was really standout after a few days of preparations. He is just a worker and he loves it.” 

Sharkie said the colt was from the good Singles Bar family with Not A Single Doubt, Master Ash, Come Hither and King’s Legacy. 

“It’s a proper two-year-old family and he definitely looks like the sort of horse you’d expect to be racing at two,” he said. 

Sharkie describes lot 593, a Headwater colt out of Ellepin Girl (Pins x Elle Taine) as the quiet achiever of Leneva Park’s draft. 

He arrived needing a bit of love but has gone ahead in leaps and bounds, particularly during the past fortnight when Sharkie said the colt had certainly launched. 

“He is growing and is a nice neat sort of sprinting horse but is going to grow and probably hit that 16 hands mark,” Sharkie said. 

“I really think this is the sort of horse that traders will really gravitate to. He is a nice horse and there is some decent strength on the page too. 

“From a family that goes and runs and wins, he looks like he is true to type as far as far as what the family has produced.” 

Lot 684 is a Star Turn colt out of Pura Vida (Dane Shadow x Queen’s Own), a half-sister to the top class mare Lady Lynette (Ladoni) who won eight stakes races. 

Sharkie said the colt had been prepped for a client, like Lot 593. 

“The clients are hopeful that someone will have a look at him and say there is nice, strong two-year-old type,” he said. 

And a chestnut filly by Russian Revolution, out of Shakeira (USA), will go through at Lot 701.  Sharkie said she was typical of the sire’s progeny he’d seen this year. 

“She is not a big, massive filly but is real running type and again looks like a two-year-old type,” he said. 

“She has got a good hindquarter on her and a really good attitude as well. 

colt – Loca – out of American mare Shakeira (Freud x Cerita) by Zoustar has been trialling well in Sydney ahead of the autumn races and Sharkie is hoping it will lead to a pedigree upgrade. 

Local stallion Magnus has been getting plenty of winners lately. including the Group 1 Streets Of Avalon and Sharkie said lot 707, a filly by Magnus out of Shirl Pegasus, is typical of her sire. 

He said Shirl Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus x Night Rule) was a solid race mare that won two races and performed well at stakes level, and had met Magnus in the breeding several times. 

“That mating seems to produce good standard winners and this filly is just a neat, straight forward sort of filly and very typical of Magnus,” Sharkie said. 

“You can see her going out and running and being a really good VOBIS filly for whoever buys her.” 

Leneva Park’s Lot 760 is a Star Turn filly out of Aunty Mo. 

She is another one described by Sharkie as big and powerful. 

The filly is closely related to Leneva Park’s Headwater colt out of Ellepin Gal (NZ) which is the dam of Aunty Mo. 

“She might need a little bit of time being a bigger sort of horse,” Sharkie said. 

“But physically she has got a massive behind on her and there is certainly a lot of power there.” 

The final lot offered by Leneva – lot 782 – is a striking black colt by Cable Bay (IRE) out of Catch a Thief (NZ). 

Besides his colour, Sharkie said the colt standouts because of his athleticism and good natural muscle and moves really well. 

“He is just a nice horse and as far as a Book 2 horses goes, he is going to have a lot of fans, I’d say,” Sharkie said. 

Asked if he was forced to pick out one yearling, Sharkie said: “I reckon the Rubick is going to be really popular and also the Headwater – lot 593 – is the real dark horse in our draft. I reckon he’ll sell really well.” 

Lot no 373, a colt by American Pharoah (USA), out Straveen (NZ) has been withdrawn. 

Sharkie said they had a lot of good horses coming through for next year’s yearling sales by stallions including American Pharoah, Brazen Beau, Russian Revolution, and Akeed Mofeed. 

“We were active last year at the mare sales and we will probably be active again at that sale and the weanling sales this year,” he said, 

I expect we’ll have some of the Seymour Bloodstock yearlings to prepare as well in 2022 but we’ll wait and see,” he said. 

“So we’ll be bolstered by their numbers as well and their strength. 2022 could hopefully give us a really good yearling draft.” 

But Sharkie said they’ve always stated they’d rather produce quality rather than quantity. 

“If we stick to our guns on that front, I’d like to be taking 10 to 15 to each saleknowing that they are all good quality horses that are going to find good judges and find good homes. I think that’s the goal rather than just bulk numbers.” 

With three stallions already committed to the Leneva Park, Sharkie said he’d like to add another one or two for 2020/21. 

“I think four is great number for this year, but that might grow for next year,” he said. 

“I had a look at Royal Meeting and Lean Mean Machine on Tuesdaywe didn’t have people on the farm to see those horses last year. 

“Once we get open days going again and get people back on the property to see those horses, they are going to be blown away by the physical development of those two. 

“To see Lean Mean Machine’s foals, they are so much like dad and that’s such a positive because he is such an athletic strong imposing horse. Once they start filtering through the weanling sales, people are going to be pretty happy with what they see.” 

Multiple Group 1 winning Fierce Impact (Deep Impact x Keiai Gebera) will also join the stallion roster once he retires from racing at the end of autumn. 

To view the full draft click here. 

Above: Lot 418 Rubick x Unsaintly colt

The owners of Morning Rise Stud, Robert & Barbara McClure, have raced horses for many years and in fact have been involved in the ownership of horses that have won 10 Group One’s including Dance the Day Away, Yosei (3), Fiorente(2), Global Glamour(2), The Offer & Glencadam Gold. 

As recently as last Saturday they were successful in two Group Two’s with Parure in the Autumn Stakes at Caulfield & Home Affairs in The Silver Slipper. 

And who can forget Persan’s journey to the Melbourne Cup to be first Aussie bred horse home and Yes Yes Yes in The Everest. 

Parure who was purchased back at the 2019 Premier Sale is by Fastnet Rock out of their Stakes winning mare Fontein Ruby.  

This coming weekend will see Morning Rise present eight yearlings at the Premier Sale. 

“We have 3 fillies & 2 colts in the Premier Session and 2 colts & 1 filly in Showcase and are all good quality potential racehorses although I do love the fillies,” Rob said.  

LOT 101 is a filly by Caravaggio out of the Fastnet Rock mare Jessica Ann. The mare is out of US Group 3 winner Ashley’s Kitty. This filly has a lovely walk and is a beautiful colour. 

LOT 116 is a colt by Deep Field out of La Cicciolina, a halfsister to Crack me Up & Hoofit out of Stakes winner Chuckle, he is also a great walker with a real swagger. 

LOT 418 is a Rubick colt out of the very wellbred mare Unsaintly. God’s Own & Saintly figure prominently in his pedigree. This colt is extremely athletic and has been a favourite of on farm inspections. 

LOT 515 is a daughter of Russian Revolution out of Stakes Winner Bliss Street. This filly is outstanding, she just has the whole package.  

LOT 570 and to round out our P1 entries is this Deep Field filly out of Zabeel mare Danalicious who is a halfsister to Northwest Passage a threetime stakes winner. 

LOT 671 a son of Ocean Spirit by Starspangledbanner. The mare is a daughter of threetime Group one winner Yosei and the colt looks like he will be a tough sprinter who could run through a brick wall, just get out of his way. 

LOT 674 is a colt by Sizzling out of Parnissius, he is a full brother to stakes placed Sizzleme he also has a pedigree update with Point Counterpoint winning at Grafton. 

Lot 783 our final lot is a daughter of Starspangledbanner out of Catskill Roc. This filly is from the family of Hips Don’t Lie, Lake Geneva, Ennis Hill and the top rated 2YO Acrobat. She represents an opportunity to get into this family. 

Morning Rise will start parading on Wednesday 24thFeb.and to view their draft click here 

Above: Lot 35 Dundeel x Fleet of Foot filly

After some lucrative results at last year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Esker Lodge Australia’s Darren Dance is again hoping he’s bred enough high class yearlings to attract some big buyers. 

Up from six yearlings to 14 this year, the entire draft of horses he has bred are exclusive to Melbourne Premier. 

Dance, who also operates Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, had the best result in last year’s sale with an Exceed and Excel x Swaane filly which was purchased by McDonald Racing for $350,000 He sold a Frankel (GB) x Azardi filly for $300,000 and all the other yearlings weren’t priced under $150,000. 

“We had a really good sale last year and we ended up with a really good clearance and average and I think we were the leading Victorian vendor by average,” Dance said. 

“We won’t do that this year because we have too many, but we will have a good sale because we’ve got some nice horses. 

“Across the board we have got something for everybody and I don’t think they’ll be disappointed when they inspect our draft. 

Dance rates his Camelot (GB) filly – the only yearling in the sale by the sire – as something pretty special. 

“Obviously we bought the mare (Yours Ever GB) in Europe and put her into foal to Camelot in southern time and then bought the filly back here to sell in this sale,” Dance said. 

“So she is closely related to Furrion who is by Camelot and is a stakes winner of the Warrnambool Cup 

“She is a lovely sweet filly and a great walker and has a great attitude and she should sell really well.” 

Dance said the filly – Lot 447 – was foaled down in Ireland and then flown to Australia as a weanling. 

He said Yours Ever (Dansili x Love Everlasting) was again in foal to Camelot and would foal down in Ireland and then get covered by Camelot again before be flown to Australia. 

He said the cost of paying for a service to Camelot and flying the foal out to Australia was about $100,000. 

After seeing Camelot win at the Curragh, Dance said it was always an ambition to breed to the stallion but he only stood one successful season in Australia and at the time he didn’t have the right mares to send to him. 

“But I was always keen to get European staying mares to him to produce superior stayers here because I have imported a lot of stayers for the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups and their stamina is superior to ours,” Dance said. 

“So I thought why don’t I breed a few superior stayers and Camelot was one I wanted to bred to.” 

black Pierro colt – Lot 293 – is out of five-time winner Rockolicious (Fastnet Rock x Rock Diva). 

Dance said it was a nice athletic colt that had a lot of class about him. 

“Rockolicious was a very good mare and I bought her at the Magic Millions as a yearling and we raced her and she won a stakes race and we sold the first foal last year by Written Tycoon at Magic Millions and I think this colt is a better animal,” he said. 

“In fact, I liked this colt so much that I sent the mare back to Pierro again.” 

Dance has been impressed with the progeny of Pariah at the sales – and his filly – Lot 203 – is out of Mumbeilly (NZ). 

He said the filly was a beautiful type with a great brain and as the dam is by O’Reilly, he can see fair bit of the sire in his daughter and predicted she’d sell well. 

And Dance believes there will be plenty of interest in in Lot 35, a filly by Dundeel (NZ) which is the first foal out of the unraced Fleet Of Foot (Toorak Toff), a half-sister to champion sprinter and multiple Group 1 winning Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega x Fast Fleet). 

“I bought that mare in foal to Dundeel to send her to Lope De Vega in Ireland and then bought them home and I’ve got a Lope De Vega colt for next year,” Dance said. 

“This Dundeel is really nice and quite a good size and probably bigger than average and is very robust and strong and just an outstanding filly and being out of that family, I think that’s another filly that is going to sell extremely well. 

Azardi (Desert Prince x San Century) is another mare Dance sent to the UK where she was covered by Frankel and the result was a bay colt – Lot 497. 

“It’s two years in a row now and we sold the full sister last year to Liam Howley for $300,000 and he ran third in a recent trial and she has just been turned out for a spell,” Dance said. 

“Liam Howley has already inspected the colt and feels that this is the equal, if not a better version, of the filly. He is very strong behind and very similar to Frankel himself to look at and he is just a lovely walking colt and just floats over the ground.” 

Lot 530 in an American Pharoah (USA) colt out of Burndiniburn (Bernardini x Top of the Market) who Dance describes as a big strapping type of colt. 

“And for a big horse he has got a lovely big loose fluid walk on him,” he said. 

“I think the buyers will be really impressed when they see him as he is just a kind horse with a nice attitude and he can walk so hopefully that translates into can run.” 

Shalaa (IRE) has become popular and Dance’s colt by the sire – Lot 110 – is out of Keltara (Exceed and Excel x Lady Knockout). 

“He is a strong early running type of Shalaa and is a very correct individual and you can see a little bit of Exceed and Excel in him,” Dance said. 

“He has got good sold bone and is a very nice early type of colt,” he said. 

“And another early type of runner I’ve got is a Hellbent colt (Lot 325) out of She’s Our Star (Star Witness x Sheeznodoubt) and Hellbent has been very well received. 

“He is certainly an early type and mum is a full sister to Amish Boy who won the South Australian Magic Millions at two and has been group placed in a number of races.” 

Dance said Esker Lodge had sent all of their horses to Melbourne Premier. 

He said the 14 yearling in the sale was the entire draft for 2021 and admits he was worried with what was going to happen with CVID-19. 

“I have always been a good supporter of Melbourne Premier but I just felt this year with so much uncertainty I didn’t want to travel horses interstate for sales and I didn’t want to get stuck interstate myself,” Dance said. 

“I just thought I’d send the entire team to Melbourne Premier and I believe the good buyers and the good agents will find a good horse in any sale. 

“And I think Inglis have done a great job promoting this sale. 

“It’s an hour from home and I’m more than happy with my decision and I really do think overall that we are going to have a pretty positive outcome.” 

To view the full draft click here 







Above: Gimme Par and Peter Moody
This Saturday’s debut by beautifully-bred filly Gimmie Par (Not A Single Doubt) might be one of the most important of the weekend, and most nostalgic for Gilgai Farm studmaster Rick Jamieson.

On Saturday afternoon, around lunchtime, Rick Jamieson will either be at Flemington Racecourse or the Metropolitan Golf Club in Oakleigh South. He’s not sure yet. His filly, Gimmie Par, is making her debut in the Listed Talindert S., and it’s an important one.

But, the man loves his golf. “I’m pretty average at it,” he admits, despite having a par-3 course on his Nagambie property, Gilgai Farm. Golf is one of Jamieson’s two great passions, the other being pedigrees. Which brings him back to Saturday afternoon at Flemington.

Unraced 2-year-old filly Gimmie Par is the second foal from Jamieson’s blueblood mare Naturale (Bel Esprit), a full sister to Black Caviar. It’s a deep-running family on Gilgai Farm, one that has also produced All Too Hard and Ole Kirk (Written Tycoon). Gimmie Par is a half-sister to Ole Kirk, and Saturday’s debut is the same trajectory on which her now-famous sibling set off.

“Ole Kirk won the Talindert S. on debut last year,” Jamieson says, “so will lightning strike twice? I don’t know.”

Nostalgia factor strong this weekend

Gimmie Par is trained by Peter Moody, while close relative All Too Hard won the Talindert S. on debut in 2012, the same day his half-sister Black Caviar won the G1 Lightning S. for the second time. But none of this is black and white for Jamieson’s little filly.

“She’s done everything right for Peter,” he says. “He wouldn’t be putting her in the race if he didn’t feel she was up to it. Until I see her run, I really don’t know how she’ll do, but so far so good.”

“She’s (Gimme Par) done everything right for Peter (Moody). He wouldn’t be putting her in the race if he didn’t feel she was up to it.” – Rick Jamieson

The filly held a nomination for Friday night’s meeting at Moonee Valley, but Moody opted for the stiffer Talindert S. when she drew wide. Gimmie Par will instead face a field of 12 at Flemington, one that includes the fancied Godolphin colt Ingratiating (Frosted {USA}), a son of two-time Group-winning mare Obsequious (Lonhro). Ingratiating was a winner of the Listed Maribyrnong Trial S. in October and has since placed second in the G3 Maribyrnong Plate and G3 Caulfield Guineas behind Enthaar (Written Tycoon).

The field also includes Gulf Of Suez (Fighting Sun), who filled the placings behind General Beau (Brazen Beau) last time out in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (colts and geldings’) on Australia Day. It’s a field littered with credentials.

While Gimmie Par has pedigree on her side, she is a slip of a filly, standing little more than 15.1 hands high. “She’s a bit like Ole Kirk was,” Jamieson says. “With a bit of age, that family improves. I’d expect that, whatever she does in the next 12 months, she’ll strengthen right up and be a better horse for it. But also typical of that family, I think she’ll jump and run.”

What was he thinking?

Gimmie Par was consigned to the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, but a few physical issues, a bit of persuasion and a change of heart led to her withdrawal and return to Gilgai Farm. “I put her in Magic Millions because I was a bit burned with the game,” Jamieson admits. “And then people like Peter Ford and a few others said to me that I needed to hang onto this family, so I kept her.”

Jamieson and bloodstock agent Peter Ford go back a long way, all the way, in fact, to 2005 when Ford famously purchased Black Caviar’s dam Helsinge (Desert Sun {GB}) for Jamieson. Ford remembers the day in 2019 when he headed out to Gilgai to look at Gimmie Par, among others.

“I’ll often leave my catalogue at home for yearling inspections,” he says, “and I did that day. I came back afterwards and looked at my notes, and I asked Rick, what was that first filly? And when he told me I said, if you sell that filly, I’ll never talk to you again.”

Above: Gimme Par the day before she departed for Peter Moody’s stables

Ford says the family is priceless and, with Helsinge’s passing in 2017, it became even more priceless. Gilgai has Brigite, a full sister to All Too Hard (and Helsinge’s final foal), along with Naturale. But Naturale has been a tricky mare to breed. With only two foals on the ground, she has missed in her last two seasons to four different stallions.

“She’s a tricky mare physically,” Jamieson admits. “She was a very sick horse when she was young, so we’ve got a watch on her all the time. But she’s in-foal to Written Tycoon right now with a full to Ole Kirk, and I’m really hoping it’s a filly.”

Article courtesy of Jessica Owers TDN

Above: Toronado standing at Swettenham Stud

Saturday’s second stakes-winning double in the space of three months is set to prove a timely boost for Swettenham Stud’s Toronado (Ire), who has 25 yearlings scheduled to go through the ring at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The Team Hawkes-trained Masked Crusader, who has loomed as Toronado’s most promising galloper for some time, broke his stakes duck in the G3 Southern Cross S. at Randwick, before the Darren McAuliffe-prepared Solaia got a deserved first black-type win in the Listed Challenge S. at Ascot.

Above: Masked Crusader won the G3 Southern Cross at Randwick (image Steve Hart)

The dual success follows Toronado’s big day on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington in November when Shelby Cobra and Affair To Remember both won stakes races.

“He has had five individual stakes winners in Australia and two of them have been doubles, so it seems when it rains it pours,” Sam Matthews, Swettenham’s Sales and Nominations Manager, said.

Masked Crusader’s impressive pair of wins at Bendigo and then Randwick last autumn had him as one of the boom horses in the country in the autumn last year, but things didn’t quite progress as planned through the spring.

In the typical manner of the Hawkes family, the Gilgai Farm product, who was purchased by Hawkes Racing and Cameron Cooke Bloodstock for $340,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale back in 2018, has been given time to develop, and they are now set to be rewarded after successfully elevating him to stakes company for the first time.

He unleashed a powerful finish to win the Group 3 contest by a widening 2l and is set up for a big autumn.

“He’s always been the one that has been on people’s radar and a horse that people have talked about. He has shown his true colours,” Matthews said.

“Last prep he had a few excuses, but on Saturday, his true ability came through. He’s going to be a very good horse and I even think he’d be better suited on a drier track. He’s potentially up to Group 1 level on the drier track. It’s fantastic for Rick (Jamieson) and for Rupert (Legh) and all the owners to see him break through.”

Solaia is a homebred 3-year-old filly who has been placed in stakes company in Western Australia before and looks to have taken substantial improvement, after recording a comfortable win in the Challenge S. over 1500 metres at her 12th start.

“She is an interesting one, she was one of the first we had heard of that was going pretty good over there,” Matthews said.

“I know Darren McAuliffe always had a pretty high opinion of her. She has always been up and around the mark, but to win and win emphatically just topped off the day.”

Solaia is out of Isola Blu (Blackfriars), the metropolitan-winning half-sister to Group 2 winner Goon Serpent (Reset) and a direct descendant from the G1 WA Derby winner Capricious Lass (Carry A Smile), who is her third dam.

All over the map

A measure of Toronado’s broad impact as a sire to date is the geographical spread of his winners. As well as Ascot and Randwick, he also had winners at Hong Kong, Singapore and at Colac over the weekend. Having produced 118 winners from three crops to the track in the Northern Hemisphere, including five stakes winners, he has had 90 winners from his time at Swettenham Stud, again with five stakes winners.

Overall, he has had 51 winners in Australia this season, while he is building a strong reputation in Hong Kong as well, where he has had four winners from five starters, including Master Montaro, who on at Sha Tin on Sunday for David Hayes.

Above: Master Montaro won at Sha Tin (image HKJC)

“I think that spread of winners is also reflective of the diversity of breeders. Last year, probably less than 50 per cent of mares that came to him were from Victoria. We’ve had an increasing numbers of New South Wales mares but also WA, South Australian, Queensland as well as Tassie mares. He’s got the most geographically diverse range of mares going through,” Matthews said.

“Everyone knows he can get good horses, but to have a few stars coming through on top of that, those people that have been able to get into him last year have got a pretty valuable pregnancy now and those with foals on the ground and yearlings to come will reap the benefits of them.

“Trainers can still afford them, but people who have bred them can get a good result. There is a huge market for them in Hong Kong. He’s a valuable commodity as a trade prospect as well as getting good results in Australia.”

Demand for Toronado at stud has soared in the past two seasons, with books of 197 in 2019 and then 210 in 2020. Matthews said that surge is backed up by a higher quality of mares.

“Each year has been better and better and unfortunately last year we had to knock back a few such was the demand. We did select the best-quality mares and the best pedigrees. He would have covered two or three times the stakes-winning and stakes-producing mares than he would have in any other season,” he said.

Among the mares to visit Toronado in 2020 was She’s Got Gears (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), the dam of Masked Crusader.

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian

Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian is retiring from the company following 44 years of industry service.

Vivian, 64, began at Coles Brothers in Adelaide in 1977 and joined Inglis in 2004.

He will officially retire at the conclusion of the Easter Yearling Sale in April.

James Price – a former Inglis employee and most recently CEO of Woodside Park Stud – will return to Inglis to take up the position of Victorian Bloodstock Manager upon Vivian’s departure.

Price will start with Inglis on March 15.

Vivian, 64, said he had been contemplating retirement for “some time now’’ and felt the time was right to do so.

“I’ve had a wonderful ride, my entire career has been a privilege and you need to choose the right time to step back and I believe now is that time,’’ Vivian said.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better professional career, I’ve loved every minute of it but now it’s time to spend more time with Carleen, the kids and the grandchildren.

“I’ve worked with some of the greatest people and greatest minds in this great industry of ours – both internally and our fantastic clients – and I thank every single one of them for the joy they’ve brought me in my time as a bloodstock agent.’’

Vivian began at Inglis in 2004 as a bloodstock consultant and auctioneer following the Dalgety takeover.

He became Victorian Bloodstock Manager upon the retirement of Peter Heagney in 2016.

On top of his Inglis career Vivian has also worked in South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, the UK, Asia and has been Inglis’ South African representative since 2009.

“I’ve had a blessed career, the people, the horses, the company, it’s been fabulous,’’ he said.

“I can’t thank Arthur and Jamie and Reg Inglis and Mark Webster enough for the support they have given me over my journey.

“Inglis is the most remarkable company to work for and I wish James Price and all the staff all the very best in the future.’’

Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster praised Vivian’s impact on the bloodstock and breeding industries throughout his career.

“In this industry, Simon Vivian is a household name,’’ Webster said.

“Simon has had an incredible influence over so many people during his career and his work ethic and relationship-building with clients is second-to-none.

“He has always shown a unique passion for the industry and especially the Victorian industry and the Premier Sale and while he is a great loss to the company, I wish him absolute relaxation and good health in retirement and thank him dearly for everything he has done not only for Inglis but also the industry as a whole. We are all indebted to him.’’

It is a homecoming of sorts for Price, who started as an intern at Inglis in 2006 and continued with the company as a Bloodstock Sales Consultant (2007-2015) before moving to the Melbourne office as a Senior Bloodstock Consultant in 2015 until starting at Woodside Park in 2018.

“I’ve spent most of my professional working life at Inglis and it’s a company I have always admired, from Arthur and Charlotte and Jamie and Sarah down, they are just fantastic people and that’s important to me when choosing my career path,’’ Price said.

“I worked under Simon for many years and I have the utmost respect for him both as a person and as a professional so to be replacing somebody I view so highly is truly overwhelming.

“He, Sebastian, Jonathan and the entire bloodstock team have created such an amazing base and I can’t wait to come in and be a part of that again and help take Inglis to even greater heights for our clients in years to come.’’

Article courtesy of Inglis

Above: That’s a second stakes win for Ingratiating (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Won in the last two years by Ole Kirk and Microphone the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington has been the springboard to success for the likes of Miss Finland, Star Witness and All Too Hard.

Time will tell whether Saturday’s winner Ingratiating will measure up to any of those, but one thing for sure he is doing a wonderful ambassador for his first season sire Frosted (USA).

Ridden by Damien Oliver for trainer James Cummings, Ingratiating was always in the firing line down the outside of the straight.

Above: Ingratiating a fine ambassador for Frosted (USA) (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Carrying a penalty for winning the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes, Ingratiating hit the front a long way from home.

The debutant Gimmie Par (Not A Single Doubt), a half-sister to last years Talindert and Caulfield Guineas winner Ole Kirk, finished resolutely to get withing half a length of the winner.

It was another two and a half lengths back to Birdsville who provided Sooboog with his first black-type performer.

Coming off a second to this seasons benchmark two-year-old, Enthaar, in the Group III Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield, Ingratiating advances his record to two wins and two seconds from four starts with earnings of $274,000.

“He is a real professional and that’s what we saw in the springtime,” James Cummings said.

“He was one of our most precocious two-year-olds. We had a really high opinion of him when he won a stakes race on debut and it’s nice to get him back here to Flemington and put pay to them like that.”

Cummings said he thought the addition of blinker had been a positive.

“First-up he probably didn’t find himself in a race where he could find a comfortable spot. We felt like he might have needed a good hit out today and that’s why James applied the blinkers and he obliged nicely.”

Cummings sounded quite upbeat in Ingratiating backing up again in next weeks Blue Diamond.

“He got to the front a fair bit from home and looked like he was doing it quite easily with Damien,” he said.

“He was probably just a little bit harder on him than he needed to be just because he was left in front on him for so long. I can’t imagine the horse being too affected by that run so we’ll see how he pulls up and James will make the decision early in the week.”

If Ingratiating takes his place next week Damien Oliver may have a decision to make.

‘I’ve always had good opinion of him since I first rode him,” Oliver said.

“There was little between him and Anamoe. I always thought that he might want some blinkers and when we put them on during the week, you rarely see a horse improve like he did with them. I was expecting a big showing from him today.

“My only concern was that he had 59 (kilos) as a two-year-old against what looked like a reasonable race. He’s done a good job there today.”

A homebred for Godolphin, Ingratiating is the fourth winner from as many foals to race out of Lonhro’s Group II ATC Light Fingers Stakes and Group III San Domenico Stakes winning daughter Obsequious.

Obsequious has a yearling filly by Sepoy named Surrenders and was covered by Russian Revolution last spring after coming up negative to an earlier cover by Frosted (USA).

Article courtesy of Breednet

Preventing musculoskeletal failures in equine athletes benefits all sport horses but requires data collection to identify specific injuries. Mitigating musculoskeletal injuries is vital to supporting these athletes and their careers.

To improve racehorse safety, a team of Australian veterinarians interviewed nearly 70% of trainers at the major tracks in Brisbane to collect data on injuries their horses sustained during racing and training.* Data was collected over a 13-month period. Compared to similar studies, a low incidence of musculoskeletal injuries was noted, with 0.56% of all horses sustaining an injury each week.

“This low incidence of injuries was thought to be partly due to the close veterinary involvement in racehorse management. This provided trainers with easy access to diagnostic equipment, which plays an important role in monitoring horses and preventing musculoskeletal injuries,” relayed Peter Huntington, B.V.Sc., M.A.C.V.Sc., director of nutrition at Kentucky Equine Research.

The data on musculoskeletal injuries also revealed the specific types of injuries that occurred. Differences in those injuries between younger and older horses were also identified. Researchers found:

  • Two-year-olds had a higher incidence of musculoskeletal injuries than older horses;
  • Younger horses were commonly diagnosed with dorsal metacarpal disease or shin soreness, which is pain localized in the front of fore cannon bones;
  • Older horses more commonly suffered inflammation of the suspensory ligament, superficial digital flexor tendinitis, fractured proximal sesamoid bones, and other fetlock injuries; and
  • Even though the overall incidence of musculoskeletal injuries was low, when they did occur the outcome could be severe.

“The higher rate of injuries in young horses found in this study mirrors previously published data. Young horses must undergo gradual increases in high-speed exercise and training intensity with limited time galloping or breezing to allow tissues to adapt appropriately to prevent musculoskeletal injuries,” said Huntington.

According to the study, dorsal metacarpal disease is sometimes “considered a normal part of the process of training two-year-old horses and has an excellent prognosis for full recovery.”

When experienced trainers recognize dorsal metacarpal discomfort, they should alter their conditioning programs to prevent disease progression while promoting the bone adaptation required for racing.

Kentucky Equine Research demonstrated that dorsal metacarpal disease is associated with failure to maintain the increase in bone mineral density that normally occurs during training of yearlings and two-year-olds. More recent work has shown that the nutritional supplement Triacton leads to significant increases in bone density of two- and three-year-old racehorses in training compared to a control group fed a placebo,” Huntington relayed.

*Crawford, K.L., A. Finnane, R.M. Greer, C.J.C. Phillips, S.M. Woldeyohannes, N.R. Perkins, and B.J. Ahren. 2020. Appraising the welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses in training in Queensland, Australia: The incidence and type of musculoskeletal injuries vary between two-year-old and older Thoroughbred racehorses. Animals (Basel) 10(11):2046.

Above: Wolves (inside) finishing fifth behind Dosh on debut (Image: Racing Photos)

Larneuk Stud owner Neville Murdoch experienced some great days recently which helped make up for the many times when things just go right in the thoroughbred industry.

Wolf Cry – one of four stallions at Murdoch’s stud – produced his first winner on Thursday when two-year-old colt General Wolffe won a 1200m maiden at Doomben by 5.5 lengths.

And then on the previous Saturday, a two-year-old filly he bred and races finished third in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for fillies at Caulfield.

The filly, Wolves, is by Wolf Cry and out of one Murdoch’s broodmares, Grand Manners. He hopes to get a start with her in the Group 1 Blue Diamond (1200m).

Wolves and General Wolffe are the first two horses by Wolf Cry to race and Murdoch couldn’t be happier.

And Lady Solly, by another of Larneuk’s stallions O’Lonhro, made it two wins in a row at The Valley on Friday night when she again won over the 955m sprint trip.

The good luck continued for Murdoch began on Friday in the opening race at Sale when a horse – Paris Pike – Murdoch bought online for a client won the opening race over 2200m at Sale by eight lengths. Trained by Eurell, the four-year-old gelding is by Uncle Mo and out of Duty Bound.

“We bought it as a yearling,” he said.

“And then on Friday night at The Valley in race two I had Wanaroo and it ran fourth but you need to watch the replay. We paid three grand for that horse off the internet last year.”

Wanaroo (Wandjina x Taghrooda) is also trained by Eurell.

“I own thirty-three and a third per cent of Starspangled Rodeo (Teofilo x Sunstyle) and it just got pipped by a lip at Canterbury on Friday night,” Murdoch said. “So we had a terrific Friday.”

The first win of a Wolf Cry (Street Cry x Starfish) and the performance of Wolves has given some hope to Murdoch’s judgement of buying the now eight-year-old stallion who was a maiden winner, but twice placed at Listed level and third in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m).

“We are away and we are very excited,” Murdoch said.

“He has been serving about 30 a year and it’s hard in this market with a lot just wanting to run off to the big ones.

“It’s funny that since she ran in the Blue Diamond Prelude and the other one came out and won, I’ve had two phone calls from people wanting to know if there are shares for sale in him (Wolf Cry).

“And we’ve had about four people ringing up inquiring about him for next year and it’s unbelievable this industry.”

Murdoch said he owns Wolf Cry outright and that’s the way it will stay.

He said the stud has had a “seriously” good week or so.

“I can’t complain at this stage,” Murdoch said. “We just have to keep it going in the future.’’

Murdoch liked Wolf Cry as a stallion prospect so much that he bought him and says he was telling people last year to do themselves a favour and send some mares to the son of Street Cry.

He said he was getting such good reports from Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell who trains Wolves and has other progeny by Wolf Cry.

“We’ve had to support him ourselves, but I’m not whinging and the people will enquire and if the horse is good enough, they’ll come this year.”

Murdoch said he dropped Wolf Cry’s service fee from $4400 to $3300 in 2020 because he thought it was going to be a tough year. He predicts that while it looms as another tough year, he hasn’t set the service fee for the coming season.

“Greg Eurell gives him a big wrap and he has been saying that for a long time and not just in the last week,” he said.

“We have just got to keep the dream alive.”

Murdoch said Eurell has got about six of Larneuk’s horses by Wolf Cry, and the trainer has also bred one himself.

“And we have only one starter at this stage with Greg and there are a few in the system not far away,” he said.

“We are aiming for the Victorian Owners and Breeders race day and see whether that can kick us along a bit.”

Murdoch is hoping to get a start in the Blue Diamond with Wolves which is currently 33 in the order of entry with $23,000 in prizemoney.

“The problem is that we haven’t got enough prizemoney, even if you run third in a Group 2 and it doesn’t make sense to me,” he said.

“But that’s the way it works. A lot of them will drop off and maybe we will get there but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Murdoch said Wolves, which is rated a $51 chance in some Blue Diamond markets, deserved a crack at the big race after her last start third which followed her debut run in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1000m) when she finished fifth, beaten 1.5 lengths.

“If she could get a run and finish in the first half a dozen I’d be off my head because I’d be that excited,” he said.

“She deserves to be in it, she has done enough and she is doing everything right so she deserves a crack if we can get in.”

Murdoch said Wolf Cry throws great types and they all looked good in the parade ring.

He said the stallion has never thrown a chestnut and all his progeny are near on black or dark bays.

“We breed most of our own mares here that have thrown winners and all that sort of stuff, so he has had some good mares going to him,” Murdoch said.

“They are good mares for what we have and if you are talking top end pedigree, we can’t afford them. We go with the run of the mill but he has got some nice mares going to him and we’ve had some good support from another couple of blokes.

“It’s just a difficult sort of game.”

Murdoch said people had started to talk about Wolf Cry and he’d more calls about the stallions in the past few days than he’d had in the past few months.
“People are looking and that’s all we can do,” he said.

“We have to get the product out there and win races and that’s what we have to do.

“Our first two runners have been those sorts of horses so I’m not whinging too hard.”

Wolf Cry has 29 live foals from his first crop when he started his stallion duties at Larneuk Stud in 2017 by serving his biggest book of mares – 41. He served 29 mares last season.

Eurell said when Murdoch sent him a few by Wolf Cry to him train he was a bit nonplussed, thinking “Wolf Cry I’ve never really heard of him.”

“And you start dealing with them and I tell you they a very good professional horses and generally good athletic types,” he said.

“They are very durable and they are tremendous doers in the stable and good eaters. It’s hard to put a knock on them and everything we have done with them, we have found them to be very, very easy horses to work with and very professional and very sensible.

“They have a real strong will to be competitive.”

And Eurell said he’d love to get a run in the Blue Diamond with Wolves as the step up to 1200m would be ideal for the filly.

“It’s an interesting race, high pressure of course but you have to be in it to win it and she hasn’t missed a beat,” he said.

“It’s always hard for a filly to do it, but she won’t discredit herself by any means and I hope she gets a run.”

Eurell has an unraced Wolf Cry two-year-old named Prowling which is a half to the trainer’s multiple city winning mare Great Duchess (Canford Cliffs x Great Dame).

And the good luck could continue for Murdoch’s good friend Noel Penfold who bred Rocket Tiger by Larneuk stallion, Cluster.

Rocket Tiger, trained at Wagga Wagga by Scott Spackman, has raced twice for two wins in December and resumes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday at the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) for two-year-olds.

“So Saturday could be a very nice day for us,” Murdoch said.

Since this article was written, it has been announced that Wolves will start in the Blue Diamond this Saturday at Caulfield.

Above: Fighting Harada ridden by Dean Yendall wins the Battery Zone BM64 Handicap at Sportsbet Pakenham  (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

Named after famed Japanese boxer Fighting Harada, a horse of the same name has shown the extraordinary courage of the former world champion who lost his title to Lionel Rose and twice went down to Johnny Famechon.

While boxing buffs will long remember the Japanese boxer and the two Australian world champions, racings fans of the equine Fighting Harada must have wondered whatever happened to the promising gelding.

Well, that was until last week.

Sired by Sun Stud’s Fighting Sun, the five-year-old gelding made a triumphant return to racing last week for his first race in 124 weeks or 866 long days.

Raced and bred by United Syndications, which has 41 owners in the horse, Fighting Sun returned for a benchmark 64 over 1200m at Pakenham where he won by 1.8 lengths after starting the $2.40 favourite.

United Syndications Peter Creighton admitted it was an emotional time for everyone when the Mick Price and Mick Kent jnr trained horse finally made it back to the track after a long list of injuries and setbacks.

“It’s been a long drama but he is 100 per cent sound now and we are away and going with him,” Creighton said.

“He has pulled up super and he’ll go to Sandown on the third of March over 1400m in a benchmark 78 and it will be an ideal race for him and you’d think he’d be better for the win at Pakenham.

“And I’d think he’d be very hard to beat.”

And Creighton wasn’t surprised with the victory despite carrying 61kg in his comeback race, and said they always rated him a stakes horse.

Fighting Harada’s problems started after he was sent to the paddock following an unlucky run in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on September 20, 2018.

The gelding was found to be suffering from Palmar Osteochondral Disease (POD) which Creighton explained was basically the weakening of the fetlock joints.

“We gave him about 10 months off in the paddock and that was the only course of treatment for him and there was no operation,” Creighton said.

“After the 10 months he came back into Matty Williams at the beach at Warrnambool and when the bush fires came through in the summer of 2019, he had an allergic reaction to the smoke and bled at the track one morning right in front of a steward.

Fighting Harada was about to trial when he suffered the freakish pedal bone injury last winter.

“So, we gave him the time off and brought him back and he was just about to trial and was in the paddock when he dislodged a shoe and stood on the toe clip at the front of the shoe.

“He dislodged a little bit of his pedal bone which we had to get removed by general anaesthetic. That was another four or five months.”

With a career of just nine races, Creighton said Fighting Harada had suffered back luck after bad luck.

He said this was the only preparation which so far had gone along 100 per cent smoothly.

Creighton said it had been an extraordinary run of bad luck for the horse and said Williams, who was great acquisition to the Price/Kent training team, had done an amazing job with the horse.

Creighton bred Fighting Harada from a mare – Ready Made Family (More Than Ready x My Family Tree) – that was also raced by United Syndications. Also trained by Price, the mare had three starts for a second and a third and showed plenty of ability before leg problems ended her racing career.

“We started breeding from her, and she is now a nanny mare, and Fighting Harada was one of the resultant foals from that.”

The syndicate bred Ready Set Sing (Oratorio) out of Ready Made Family was sold as a yearling for $26,000 at the 2012 Classic Yearling Sale. The gelding won $257,736 from his 95 starts which netted six wins, 20 seconds and 11 thirds.

Fighting Harada was the last foal produced by Ready Made Family, while Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor x Irish Darling) died last year.

Creighton said the syndicate likes to breed from their mares. After retiring listed winner Loveyamadly (Bel Esprit x Beauty World), they sent the mare to Snitzel which produced Group 3 winner Immortal Love.

“We do keep the nice mares and breed with them,” he said.

“It’s easy to sell them when they’re finished and a stud will buy them and away they go but we want to have a bit of that opportunity,” he said.

“I try and do that for the guys and we end up with a good horse like Le Bonsir, Group 3 winner Damselfly, Immortal Love, another Group 3 winner, and Fighting Harada who ran fourth in the listed Redoute’s Choice.

“I don’t mind racing a horse out of a nice mare we buy.”

Creighton said he picked out Fighting Sun as a stallion after he nicked really well with Ready Made Family.

He said he liked Fighting Sun who was unbeaten as a two-year-old with Gai Waterhouse.

“He was at the right price as well and I thought that nick was good and I loved the More Than Ready to the Northern Meteor sire line and this one just worked,” he said.

“Ready Made Family we bred to Statue of Liberty and we ended up with Liberty Maid and I put her to Fighting Sun which has given us a three quarter sister to Fighting Harada.”

Creighton said the filly had just been broken in by John Ledger and they were looking forward to racing her.

“I am going along the Fighting Sun line seeing as though it worked once, hopefully lightning does strike twice.”

Fighting Sun won both of his starts, including the Listed Canonbury Stakes and was high in the Golden Slippery markets before a leg injury forced his retirement as a two-year-old.

And as for the jubilation he felt when Fighting Harada won, Creighton admitted it was the most nervous he’d ever been watching bench mark 64 race.

“He just means a lot because I’ve spend so much time with the vets and Matty (Williams) and it’s sort of like a big project for you and you just get obsessed by it and you try to make sure every box is ticked,” Creighton said.

He said it a great reward to see Fighting Harada return – and as winner.

Above: Tagaloa winning the Group 3 CS Stakes

Tagaloa’s victory in the Group 3 CS Stakes (1400m) at Flemington last Saturday has put the three-year-old on the same path as Yulong’s foundation stallion Grunt.

The Busuttin and Young trained Tagaloa, which is likely to be part of a five strong stallion team at Yulong in the next breeding season, will emulate Grunt if he can win his next assignment – the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on February 27.

The dual Group 1 winning Grunt went on to win the Australian Guineas after scoring in the CS Hayes Stakes as the lead-up race. It’s a feat achieved by four of the past six Guineas winners.

Bookmakers have Tagaloa as the $6 Guineas favourite.

With the colt likely to start his stud career at Yulong later this year, the CS Hayes was an important victory for the son of Lord Kanaloa (JPN), with the colt having last won in the Group I Blue Diamond (1200m) at Caulfield last February.

Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang made a significant investment when he bought a majority share in Tagaloa after the Blue Diamond win so he could join Grunt and Alabama Express in the breeding barn at his expanding Nagambie stud.

The CS Hayes Stakes was the second start back for Tagaloa after he finished third, beaten just a length in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at the end of last month when he started at $2.90.

The colt’s racing future was initially a little clouded when he was eased out of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield last October when co-trainer Trent Busuttin said the colt was later found to have “tweaked” a suspensory ligament.

Yulong Investments Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray said they were looking forward to the Australian Guineas.

“It’s all very good,” he said.

“It was fantastic. He has matured further and he was probably a little unlucky in his first start back this prep and his win on Saturday was the second fastest time since 2000 and he carried 2.5kg more than all those other horses in the race.

“It was a very tough win to be on the speed and keep going and he was strong through the line so the Guineas holds no fears and he’ll give a good account of himself.”

After he was eased up in last year’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) when he started the $4.20 equal favourite, Fairgray said it was a case of taking it day by day with the colt.

“The vets have been over him and said the little issue he had, it appeared to resolve and day by day and so forth we have just let him tell us how is going,” Fairgray said.

“Trent and Natalie were always happy with him going into his first run and they said he improved in his first up run to his second run and then they said he still has a little bit more improvement in him.

“At the moment everything is holding together and he is performing very well.”

Fairgray said Tagaloa had experienced some pain in a leg but it wasn’t bothering him at the moment.

He said it was likely that Tagaloa would retire from the racetrack heading into this year’s breeding season.

“We have got a lovely band of mares here to support him and with his breeding and being a Group 1 winner at two and he has run really well at three and has contested a couple of races in spring against the older horses and was very competitive,” he said.

“And his times he ran and his ratings were very good and if he can cap off an autumn with a win in the Australian Guineas, it would be great.”

Fairgray said that although Tagaloa has now added a Group 3 win to his Group 1 victory, it always helped the profile to be winning races.

“With stallions and so forth you judge them on their best performances and so far obviously the Blue Diamond was his best and last Saturday would have to be his next best, sort of thing,” he said.

“And he ran a terrific time. We bought him for his stallion potential and we’ve got the mares here to support him.”

As well as Tagaloa, Fairgray said Yulong expects to have five stallions this season, including Lucky Vega, who won the Phoenix Stakes, and Yulong Prince, who won the Group 1 Cantala on Derby Day, and Tagaloa.

“At this stage they are the other three that are likely to be here,” he said.

“It will boost our numbers to five and they’ll complement Grunt and Alabama Express very well.”

With Yulong’s more than 200 broodmares, as well as serving outside mares, the stallions are going to be kept busy, as the stud continues its growth.

Fairgray said the stud would continue to add to its broodmare band and to source mares to suit Tagaloa and the other stallions.

And he expects breeders to be attracted to Tagaloa’s complete outcross.

He said Tagaloa’s sire Lord Kanaloa is Japan’s most exciting and emerging sire and is poised to take over the mantle from Deep Impact.

Tagaloa is the first foal from winning Japanese mare Vasilissa (JPN) (Heart’s Cry {JPN}).

Above: Dosh as a yearling

Grahame Begg has high hopes that lightning can strike twice on his home track at Caulfield when his gifted filly Dosh (Rich Enuff) puts her unbeaten record on the line in Saturday’s G1 Blue Diamond S.

The trainer celebrated victory in the 2-year-old feature in 2018 with the now Widden Stud resident Written By and he too had won both of his lead-up starts with Begg favourably comparing his current star to the son of Written Tycoon.

“She has done everything we have asked of her so far, so it will be exciting to be there again,” he said. “She is certainly on a par with Written By.”

He went on to finish fourth in the G1 Golden Slipper S. and won the G3 Blue Sapphire S. the following season and was fourth in the G1 Coolmore Stud S., and Begg looks to has another particularly bright prospect in Dosh.

“She’s still untapped and there will be better-credentialled horses in the race I guess, and some have forgotten about her a bit, but that’s okay,” Begg said. “It’s just a matter of getting her there fit and well on the day.”

Dosh was successful on debut in the G3 Ottawa S. in the spring and returned last month to win the G3 Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies).

Replacement rider

She was ridden both times by Written By’s regular pilot Jordan Childs, but he has had to forego the ride at Caulfield after suffering a fractured shoulder in a fall at Moonee Valley last Friday evening. Jye McNeil will take the reins in his absence.

“These things happen in racing and Jordan had been working extremely hard. He was riding well so it’s a shame for him,” Begg said.

He purchased Dosh for $155,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale where she was offered by Glenlogan Park.

“She comes from a very good female line and right from the get-go she was on to it. She was a big, upstanding filly and we were very taken with her,” he said.

Dosh is a daughter of Raise Up (Shovhog), who was successful six times, and comes from a well-performed 2-year-old family that includes the G1 Golden Slipper S. winners Merlene (Danehill {USA}) and Capitalist, who has made an exciting start to his stud career for Newgate.

Begg will also have a strong support crew at Caulfield on Saturday with Nonconformist (Rebel Raider) in the G2 Peter Young S. and Butter Chicken (NZ) (Savabeel) in the G2 Autumn S.

Winner of the G3 Coongy H. in the spring, Nonconformist recently resumed in the G3 Carlyon Cup.

“He ran third first-up and got home well in a very slowly-run race,” Begg said. “Nonconformist is going well and Luke Currie takes the ride. He’s progressing and his main goal is the G1 Australian Cup so this is a stepping stone.”

“He’s (Nonconformist) progressing and his main goal is the G1 Australian Cup so this is a stepping stone.” – Grahame Begg

Butter Chicken has made a bright start to her career and was second at Cranbourne in her first appearance before breaking her maiden at Pakenham.

“She’s a very well-bred filly and cost NZ$800,000 and is a half-sister to the Zoustar filly Te Akau bought this year at Karaka for NZ$800,000,” Begg said.

“She’s well-credentialled and we’ve waited for this race and it’s a nice opportunity to step her up. She had a good jump-out last week and is a nice filly.”

Both fillies were bred by Sir Peter Vela and sold through his Pencarrow Stud draft at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale. Butter Chicken was bought by Dean Hawthorne on behalf of Jonathan Munz’s Pinecliff Racing.

They are daughters of the G3 Meld S. winner and G1 Moyglare Stud S. runner-up Scintillula (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a sister to Cuis Ghaire (Ire). She won the G3 Albany S. and was second in the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas.

Article courtesy of Paul Vettise TDN

You’ve probably heard the term “glycaemic index” at some point. This buzz-phrase has been circulating among informed horse owners for several years, but what does it mean? More importantly, why is it important in equine nutrition?

Glycaemic index is a system used to rank carbohydrates based on their effect on blood glucose levels, providing a numerical index of the level of glucose in the blood after a meal.

Though originally developed for humans, the system has been modified for horses. Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion have the highest glycaemic indices. On the opposite end of the spectrum, carbohydrates that break down slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the bloodstream, have the lowest glycaemic indices.

Both cereal grains and forages are included in the table and the values shown are estimates and may differ according to individual studies

Steam Flaked Corn 144
Sweet Feed 129
Whole Oats 100
Cracked Corn 90
Beet pulp and molasses 94
Beet pulp (unrinsed) 72
Orchard grass hay 49
Rice bran (stabilised) 47
Ryegrass hay 47
Lucerne hay 46
Beet pulp (rinsed) 34
Mature grass hay 23

To use this knowledge in everyday feed management, remember that horses are healthiest when fed diets that can be digested and absorbed slowly.

Feed Management

Rations with a low glycaemic index may be suitable for horses diagnosed with conditions such as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID; equine Cushing’s disease), equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER), polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM), and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). Remembering that the most appropriate form of energy supplementation depends on the disorder and the individual’s energy requirement.

Calm Behaviour

Many horses have behavioural issues and research has found that ‘at risk’ horses fed lower glycaemic feeds showed calmer behaviour than those fed high GI concentrates. Most dry forage are good low GI feed and needs to be topped up with a low intake balancer pellet to supply missing minerals and vitamins. If extra energy is required, a low GI concentrate such as Barastoc Calm Performer, Barastoc Breed N Grow or KER Low GI cube works well.

Horses with PPID are insulin insensitive and need a ration with a low glycaemic index. Some may be relatively easy keepers and benefit from mostly forage rations or lower energy feeds with a low GI such as Barastoc Calm Performer, while others may need additional minerals and vitamins from products such as Barastoc Groom.

Those diagnosed with EMS tend to be obese and easy keepers, and should be fed mostly forage rations with an appropriate low-inclusion balancer products such as Barastoc Groom. Horses with PPID or EMS are prone to laminitis that can be triggered by access to lush pasture, so pasture intake should be carefully controlled

Horses with RER and PSSM also benefit from low-starch feeds. Fat and digestible fibre is an important supplement. RER horses need intakes from lower starch feeds such as Barastoc Phar Lap or Barastoc Competitor while PSSM horses typically require fewer calories and are best fed a balancer pellet with added fat if required.

The risk of OCD may be increased by use of high-glycaemic feeds, but there is no evidence that young growing horses need feeds with extremely low glycaemic indices. A certain amount of starch in the ration is desirable for young horses. Diets for young horses should have moderate glycaemic indices and be fortified to promote optimal muscular and skeletal development. Feeds like Barastoc Breed N Grow or KER Low GI cube are suitable feeds. Some breeds or individuals have lower growth rates and slower metabolisms and do best on low intake balancer pellets or concentrates such as Barastoc Legend or Barastoc KER Stud Balancer.


As more feeds are labelled with starch content it will be easier to determine low GI feeds. There are lots of factors to consider when designing a diet for your horse. Please consult your vet if you think your horse has any of the conditions mentioned in this article.

Visit barastochorse.com.au to find the right diet for your horse.

Above: Fierce Impact (Image: Steve Hart)

Leneva Park and Matthew Smith Racing are proud to announce that three-time Group 1 winner Fierce Impact will stand his first season at stud at Leneva Park Seymour after the completion of his 2021 autumn racing campaign.

Fierce Impact boasts an exceptional international pedigree, soundness, toughness and a sparkling Group 1 record in Australia; he is the proven WFA horse that Victorian breeders have been waiting for.

“This is an extremely exciting announcement for Leneva Park but also for the Victorian thoroughbred industry; Fierce Impact is a super horse,” said Leneva Park Bloodstock Advisor Michael Sharkie.

“We are thrilled that the ownership group, trainer Matt Smith and Mark Pilkington have put their faith in Leneva Park to carry Fierce Impact forward as a stallion and we are so excited to join them this autumn as we chase more Group 1 success together.”

A handsome and beautifully conformed son of international sire phenomenon Deep Impact, Fierce Impact was a A$900,000 foal when sold at the 2014 Select Sale in Japan. He began his racing career in the United Kingdom where he was a precocious 2YO winner on debut and placed at Listed level as a 3YO before being sold to Australian interests.

In Australia Fierce Impact flourished, becoming Australia’s best performed miler thanks to Group 1 victories in the 2019 G1 Toorak Handicap, 2019 G1 Cantala Stakes and 2020 G1 WFA Makybe Diva Stakes, as well as multiple Group 1 placings at 1400m and 1600m along with the Group 3 Summer Cup at Rosehill at 2000m.

In victory Fierce Impact has defeated 17 individual Group 1 winners including Russian Camelot at the peak of his powers.

“He is such a tough, hardy horse. He’s a very special individual and has been perfectly sound right through his career, he just keeps getting better,” said trainer Matthew Smith.

“He is a Group 1 class horse from 1400m – 2000m with a great turn of foot and I think he’s a horse that breeders will really get behind.”

Deep Impact is a sire that needs no introduction, as the source of an incredible 159 stakes winners world-wide at a rate of 14.87% stakes winners to runners; Deep Impact’s sire sons are producing stakes winners at an impressive rate of 10.37% SW to runners which bodes well for Fierce Impact.

Leneva Park have purchased a significant stake in Fierce Impact with limited shares available to breeders and investors inclusive of 2021 racing rights and breeding rights thereafter.

“Given his pedigree, there’s no reason why Fierce Impact won’t produce high class two-year-old winners as well as horses capable of winning a Caulfield Guineas, Doncaster or a Cox Plate.

We’ve already had calls from breeders keen to invest in his future, the added bonus of racing the horse in major Group 1 races this autumn is really appealing,” said Sharkie.

Fierce Impact will commence his 2021 campaign in March, most likely in the $1million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes, with the $3million Doncaster Mile, $4million Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the $700,000 Doomben Cup all possible targets thereafter.

“We’ve taken our time with him after the Cox Plate but he’s going super, he’s going as well as ever,” said Smith.

“It’s been an amazing journey so far and I’m sure he’s got more to give before he retires to Leneva park.”

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Above: Stryker is returning to Victoria to stand at Platinum Thoroughbreds.

Platinum Thoroughbreds is pleased to announce the return to Victoria of Fastnet Rock’s outstanding son Stryker.

Kicking off his stud career in Victoria, the imposing Gr.3 winner has spent the last three years serving small books in Wakool, New South Wales.

Upon noticing that he was not getting the support worthy of a horse of his class, Platinum’s Rene Hoefchen and Sarah Pfeiffer set out to bring him home.

“We thought bringing Stryker back to a more accessible location in Victoria could see his books once again grow to a level you’d expect for a stallion like him,” they said.

“And we think he is a great addition to our stallion roster, standing alongside Scorpz who is a great fit for many of our mares but not all of them… and Stryker nicely fills the gap in our breeding program.”

Doing their research, Hoefchen and Sarah Pfeiffer quizzed trainers about their Stryker progeny… “we heard nothing but great things about his babies, and nothing but great things about his own nature.”

“We wanted a stallion with a temperament to match Scorpz’s, one who would fit in nicely at our family run stud. And Stryker just ticked all the boxes for us… we consider ourselves exceptionally lucky to stand two stallions who have not only ability but great natures.”

A horse who caught the eye from day one, Stryker was a $600,000 Easter purchase for the Ingham family, racing in their famous colours with the Chris Waller stable.

On the back of good trial form starting favourite at his Rosehill debut in December 2008, finishing a game second over 1100m – going on to prove competitive in Sydney’s two-year-old features; right in the thick of things when third in the Gr.2 Pago Pago Stakes.

At his first three-year-old outing making the pace and finishing a fighting second in The Rosebud, Stryker was a gallant Gr.1 Golden Rose third behind Denman and Trusting. He took that good form to the Listed Heritage Stakes, a race in which he showed great determination – clearly headed and fighting back .

All the stronger as an autumn three-year-old, Stryker was caught wide when finishing a particularly gutsy third in a Gr.2 Challenge Stakes run in record time. Next time out taking on the older horses in the Gr.1 Galaxy, he again covered ground and was not in the best part of the track – yet was still able to box on strongly into third behind Shellscrape and Swift Alliance.

Another wide gate saw Stryker suffer another bad luck story when finishing on the heels of the placegetters in the Gr.3 Gold Coast Guineas but at his next start he was able to atone with a dominant victory in the Gr.3 BTC Classic at Doomben.

Not at his best on rain affected tracks prior to his retirement in 2011, Stryker struck Gr.1 success in his very first crop with Rangipo, tough winner of the New Zealand Derby and three races at Gr.2 level.

Also the sire in that initial crop of the speedy Listed winning two-year-old Strykum, Stryker has been siring winners from smaller crops since. He is one of 12 sons of Danehill’s dual Gr.1 winning sprinter Fastnet Rock to have sired stakes winners… and of course Fastnet Rock, who was crowned the 2011/12 Australian Champion Sire, is a super horse… well represented by 166 stakes winners including 40 Gr.1 winners.

Bred on the same Fastnet Rock/Woodman cross as the Gr.1 winner Atlante and the in-form stallion Rothesay, Stryker hails from one of Australia’s favourite and most prolific families with his fourth dam being the wonderful Denise’s Joy.

A multiple Gr.1 winner who has well and truly left her mark on Australian racing, she is ancestress of the big race winners More Joyous, Tuesday Joy, Sunday Joy, Thorn Park, Euphoria, Miss Danehill, Joie de Grise, Secret Agenda, Arlington Road, Joie Denise, Fenway and Bentley Biscuit.

Stryker is one of six winners produced by the dual city winning Woodman (outstanding broodmare sire influence with 226 stakes winners including 31 Gr.1 winners) mare Laetitia, dam of another three stakes performers and grandam of the South African stakes winner Buckinghamsire.

Laetitia is a full sister to the stakes winner Conspectus whilst her dam Planet Hollywood is a half-sister to the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes winner Euphoria, the Gr.2 Pago Pago Stakes winner Christmas Tree and the Listed winner Jewel In The Crown.

For further information on Stryker’s return to Victoria contact Platinum Thoroughbreds Victoria on 0417 573 661 or

info@platinumthoroughbredsvictoria.com or visit us online at: https://www.platinumthoroughbredsvictoria.com/

Article courtesy of Breednet

AboveL Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale at Oaklands Junction on March 02, 2020. (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

The catalogue is essential ‘attire’ for any sale, but it’s often what is NOT in the catalogue that can be the difference between success and failure.

For starters, the printed version is often released up to two months before a sale: hence, those shopping at the 2021 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale – which kicks off at the Riverside complex on Sunday – won’t see on the page that Lot 561 (on behalf of Torryburn Stud) is a full brother to Hot King Prawn.

Yes, you can see that Hot King Prawn has won two Group 2s in Hong Kong but not that the horse won his first Group 1 at Sha Tin in late January.

What you definitely won’t find is ‘pinhook’ information for, say, the best represented sire in the sale – Deep Field – who has 42 entries. Jazcom Thoroughbreds, for instance, will offer a well related colt (Lot 348) by Deep Field that was sold for just $10,000 at last year’s Inglis Australian Weanling Sale. Since then, Newgate’s Deep Field has established himself as one of the hottest young sires in the nation with recent stakes winners including Isotope and Portland Sky.

Another aspect of the catalogue that you can only find online is the ‘sales information’ for each of the lots … i.e. what progeny out of the mare have sold for previously.

But, did you ever want to find out how successful a given sire is when matched up to the sire of the dam? The catalogue definitely doesn’t reveal that the two Savabeel yearlings at the Inglis Classic, from O’Reilly mares, is a ‘nick’ that has produced 101 winners – 18 of them stakes winners – from 139 runners.

Most wouldn’t know that Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon colt (Lot 153) from the Redoute’s Choice mare, Miss Ballantine, is a similar cross to a remarkable 20 winners from 22 runners.

Here’s the thing: Breednet has all that information – along with First Season Sire Galleries – on its website and it’s up and running now.

The information provided is for ALL vendors and yearlings entered for the sale.

See for yourself – www.breednet.com.au … it may well be the difference between winning and losing.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Arcaded another dominant performance (Grant Courtney)

Godolphin’s Street Boss (USA) filly Arcaded flagged her Blue Diamond credentials when making it two from two in Saturday’s Group II Neds Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for fillies at Caulfield.

In a dominant performance, Damian Lane eased the James Cumming-trained filly four wide before the turn. She swept down the centre of the track to defeat the Nicconi filly Scorched Earth by two and a quarter lengths with the Wolf Cry filly Wolves a further one and three-quarter lengths back in third.

Arcaded was sent off favourite on the strength of a facile win over the same track and distance on January 13.

“Once again Damian got her into a lovely rhythm and flow, so he was able to unleash that punch that she has, and she put them away in good style,” Godolphin stable representative Sean Keogh said.

“That’s two starts and two wins now. She’s attacked the line like a really good filly.”

The Godolphin homebred is the first foal of the stakes-placed Lonhro mare Gloriette.

Placed in the Group III VRC Maribyrnong Plate and Listed MVRC Valley Pearl, Gloriette is a half-sister to stakes-placed Grunderzeit (Street Cry).

Her dam Vienese (Snitzel) won the Group III SAJC Jansz Stakes and Listed MRC Quezette Stakes and is a sister to Snitzel and a half-sister to Hinchinbrook.

Gloriette has a colt foal by Epaulette and was bred back to the son of Commands again last spring.


Arcaded becomes the 45th stakes-winner for Darley Stud’s Street Cry (IRE) stallion Street Boss (USA).

Above: General Beau hangs on (Grant Courtney)

The decision whether General Beau lines up in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes does not seem any closer to resolution after the strapping son of Brazen Beau scored a heart-stopping win in Saturday’s Group II Neds Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for colts and geldings at Caulfield.

Ridden by Jamie Kah, the Matthew  Ellerton and Simon  Zahra-trained colt nosed out Godolphin’s Anamoe, denying Darley stallion Street Boss (USA) siring the two divisions of the Prelude.

The Manhattan Rain colt Jigsaw was a further one and a quarter lengths back in third.

Connections will need to shell out out for a late nomination fee if General Beau is to take his place in the$1.5 million Neds Blue Diamond Stakes in a fortnight.

“That’s a decision to be made. We’ll have the conversation later in the week and see how he pulls up” co-trainer Matthew Ellerton said.

Coming off a win in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview, General Beau advances his record to three wins and a second from four starts with earnings of $316,500.

Bred and raced by David and Jenny Moodie and Nick and Gayle Psaltis, General Beau is the second winner from four to race out of the lightly raced Lonhro mare Phosphorescence.

A half-sister to stakes-placed Double Jeopardy (Exceed and Excel), Phosphorescence is out of the top-class Nediym’s Glow (General Nediym) whose four wins included the Group III Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes and Group III Blue Diamond Prelude.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Brooklyn Hustle ridden by Mark Zahra on the way to the barriers prior to the running of the Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse(Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Jason Warren can’t help but think that Brooklyn Hustle (Starspangledbanner) is closing in on a major reward at the top level after minor roles in the past.

The Mornington handler, who trains in partnership with Dean Krongold, has given the mare four previous cracks at Group 1 events and has performed with distinction each time.

Brooklyn Hustle was fifth in the Blue Diamond S. as a 2-year-old and the following season was also fifth in the Coolmore Stud S.

The Rosemont Stud-bred and raced 4-year-old finished fourth in both the Moir S. and Manikato S. during her last preparation and a cruisy trial at Cranbourne on Monday served to instill confidence in her immediate future.

“She’s been knocking on the door and those fourths were at weight-for-age last time in and she wasn’t far off them,” Warren said. “She spelled well during a nice break and she’s come back bigger and stronger and I’m very happy with her.”

“She spelled well during a nice break and she’s come back bigger and stronger and I’m very happy with her.” – Jason Warren

Brooklyn Hustle settled off the pace in her 800 metre heat and ran home without having any pressure placed on her by rider Jye McNeil for third behind the dead-heaters Ancestry (The Brothers War) and Ms Catherine (Shooting To Win).

Both Brooklyn Hustle and Ancestry are likely to lock horns again when resuming with the G1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield later this month on their programs.

“It was a nice hitout for her and ran home under her own steam. She’ll be ready to go first-up in the Oakleigh Plate, that’s for sure. She’ll drop to 52.5kg in a handicap so you’d think she would be in it up to her ears,” Warren said.

He is also looking forward to his progressive 3-year-old Confrontational (Redoute’s Choice), who finished off strongly in his 800 metre heat for second for regular rider Noel Callow behind Triboulet (Magic Albert).

“He’s on a G1 South Australian Derby preparation and he trialled very well. We’re tempted to kick him off in the G3 Zeditave S. on the same day as the Oakleigh Plate,” Warren said. “We’ll see the best of him when we start stretching him out in distance.”

“He’s on a G1 South Australian Derby preparation and he trialled very well.” – Jason Warren

Confrontational showed that last campaign and won his maiden over 1600 metres before claiming the Listed Geelong Classic two runs later and was spelled after finishing runner-up to the highly-regarded Ain’tnodeeldun (Dundeel {NZ}) in the Listed Connoisseur S.

“He’s a big, strong, gross colt and he does take a bit of racing to get to his peak fitness so we’re keen to kick him off,” Warren said.

Five 2-year-old 800 metre heats were contested at Cranbourne with Buffet Buster (Snitzel), from Shane Nichols’ Group 1-winning stable, the quickest under jockey McNeil in 46.29s.

He was purchased by Nichols and Hollymount Stud out of Aquis’ Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale draft for $40,000. He is a son of More For Me (More Than Ready {USA}), a juvenile winner and third in the Listed Woodlands S.

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Mamzelle Tess ridden by Ben E Thompson wins the Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Sunline Stakes ,at Moonee Valley Racecourse. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Ivan Holloway always knew it was going to be a big ask to bring Mamzellle Tess out of retirement after it wasn’t her time in the breeding barn and then aim her for the $5 million All-Star Mile.

After paying $110,000 for the Group 2 winning mare at the Inglis Digital Online Sale last May, Holloway sent her to Merchant Navy, a stallion he has long admired, but the mare failed to get in foal.

Holloway noted that the daughter of Victorian stallion O’Lonhro was perhaps retired due to her age, rather than her form as she’d won the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at her second last start in March last year before being sold as a breeding proposition.

Her last race before Holloway bought the mare was in April last year when she ran a respectable fourth, beaten three lengths, in the VOBIS Gold Mile at Caulfield.

The eight-year-old returned to the track after 43 weeks in last Saturday’s Group Bellmaine Stakes when she finished seven of 11, beaten less than three lengths.

The first stage of the comeback was successful, but Holloway admits getting enough publicity and the necessary votes to get the mare into the richest mile race in the world will take some doing.

If she gets in, Holloway said it be would be a fairy tale.

The Irishman, who heads a global infrastructure company, is in the closing days of spending two weeks in quarantine after returning to his native country on business.

He was more than happy with what her saw of Mamzellle Tess’ comeback run.

“To be honest, nine months off the track, you couldn’t have wished for more,” Holloway said.

“She ran really well. It just seemed that she got tired the last 100m and she ran seventh in a Group race and was nine months off the track, was two and half lengths of a Group 1 winner who I know who was carrying a big weight but you couldn’t wish for a better return for a mare that was going to the breeding barn who then took a U-turn.

“I am very happy with her.”

Mamzellle Tess’  inability to get into foal to Merchant Navy left Holloway “twiddling” his thumbs as he’d more bad luck the previous year when he had a couple of barren mares.

With a year to kill before he sends the mare back to Merchant Navy, Holloway pondered about his options which including leaving her in the Hunter Valley until the next breeding season or bringing her back to Victoria.

In the end he decided to ring the mare’s trainer Leon Corstens for his opinion if it was a feasible option to bring her back into work.

“He had trained her for the last four or five years so I rang Troy and we had a quick chat with and asked him what he reckoned about bringing Mamzelle Tess back into training,” Holloway said.

“He said straight away, yes why not. When she came back to him she’d had good break that she normally wouldn’t have and came back better than ever.

“It was a solution time leaving her somewhere on a farm until the next year and by the looks of it she has got some potential.

“Originally what I liked about her was the toughness and that’s why I bought her, more than pedigree, so I think she has got a good chance of showing something this year.”

He has leased her to Corstens.

Holloway was looking for value when he saw Mamzelle Tess come on the market and thought he did well to pay $110,000 for a Group 2 winning mare who won more than $600,000 in prizemoney in her 49 starts.

Now with the comeback run a success, Holloway needs the public vote get her into the top 10 and split 10 per cent of any prizemoney with charities Pinchapoo and the Peter Mac Cancer Foundation which his business has previously supported.

“We are trying to give something back and create a bit of interest and with only a few days to go, she hasn’t been in the eye like all other horses over the spring and such,” Holloway said.

“She is probably a bit forgotten so how to get her there is the next question.

“I am not into marketing and social media so I am sort of old school in that that way and I am looking to other people for ideas.”

Holloway has reduced his broodmare band in recent years but currently has six after learning what he says was a valuable lesson in the breeding game – quality over quantity.

He breeds to race and sell and admits he’s tried to make the breeding pay for the racing.

“But it hasn’t quite worked out yet,” he laughed.

“It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon this game. I love it and love all the aspects of it and you learn from the people in the industry.”

Racing has been a lifetime obsession and love for Holloway who recalls to going to races all over Ireland as a child.

He then went into the ownership of horses which he said started with a leg, a tail and then he owned a couple of broodmares in Ireland.

“And then when I came over here I started getting into it a bit more seriously about six years ago,” he said.

“I brought a couple of broodmares from Inglis and Magic Millions and started small and the just built it up.

“I brought over horse from Ireland to race and my thing is to try bringing over a horse every year and try to make it work it that way. I also bring over foals and yearlings.

“I started off buying tried horses and bringing them over but now it’s more breeding the horses over there and giving them their initial training in Ireland and they come over her if they are good enough to earn the flight over.”

Holloway has had some success and bad luck with Pivotal (GB) mare Procrastination (GB), which cost him $180,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale.

He said the mare, which was in foal to Exceed and Excel when he bought her, won two races in France and was stakes placed and more interesting is out of Rubiton mare Dilly Dally which won two Group 2 races over 1200m in Australia.

Holloway sold the Exceed and Excel colt at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $200,000 to Bill Mitchell who bought him for a Hong Kong client. Named Excellent Proposal, the now four year-old won three of his four starts in Australia before making his way to John Size in Hong Kong where he has won four of his six races, including his last start victory in the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin to take his career earnings to $AUD1.8 million.

“Unfortunately the mother died after the second foal which I still have and he’s a Vancouver colt which is nearly ready to go with Robert Kingston,” he said.

Now a three-year-old, the colt is named Potato Pete as Holloway explained he names the horses after his children. Another of his horses is named Sophia’s Choice after one his daughters.

Holloway laughed when he explained that Potato Pete is his son’s nickname.

Sophia’s Choice, by Fastnet Rock and a winner of three races, is expected to join Mamzelle Tess in the breeding barn later this year.

“It would be a great fairy tale if things happened for Mamzelle Tess this year and then she went to the barn,” he said.

Holloway said he was with Segenhoe stud master Peter O’Brien when Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock x Legally Bay) won the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. He was also at the Curragh when the entire won the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes (1207m) and also witnessed the victory in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee (1207m) at Royal Ascot.

After being based in Australia for eight years, Holloway’s love of racing has continued to grow.

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